Nuisance parking problems are becoming increasingly common in residential, commercial, and public areas.
From cars being left for extended periods of time to people parking in the wrong spots, nuisance parking can be frustrating for property owners and could even be a safety hazard.
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to effectively combat these issues and protect your property from unauthorised parking.
Identifying the Problem
The first step in tackling a nuisance parking problem is to identify it.
Signs that you may have an issue include:
- Cars parked for extended periods of time in one spot
- Blocking access to other vehicles or properties
- Cars parked in the wrong spots
If you have a parking lot on your property, then it is important to ensure that all cars are parked in accordance with the posted rules. Your property management company should be aware that it is an issue. Most apartment blocks will pay a fee for property management, so your management company should be doing something about nuisance parking.
Nuisance parking can become malicious if you confront the perpetrator. Track who is regularly parking in your spot, then if you believe the parking is malicious report it to the police. The police are unlikely to visit your property based on simply nuisance parking, but it is good to have a record if the problem escalates.
However, there are ways to deal with unauthorised parking without confrontation.
Once you have identified that you do indeed have a nuisance parking problem, it is time to start thinking about solutions.
Deterring unauthorised parking can be done through both physical and technological means. To physically deter unwanted vehicles, you may want to consider some deterrents for your parking area:
Alternatively, you could restrict access to your property with a security barrier. These can be particularly effective as residents will need a code, a fob or another device to access your property.
Signs are a cheap and easy way to deter unauthorised parking. It could be that people who park on your property are unaware that it is private property, so a sign could be a quick and easy way to deter trespassing.
Bollards and Fences
Physical obstacles are harder for cars and pedestrians to bypass. If a nuisance parker values their car more than their parking they will not run into a bollard or fence.
In fact, bollards can be cheaper than you might think. They do not require planning permission when you install them on your own property, and bollards have the added benefit of securing your driveway.
Fold down posts are easy to install but they do add a trip hazard when not upright. Telescopic bollards, on the other hand, can be dropped down into the ground with ease.
Bollards and fences are superb at deterring nuisance parking.
Barriers are another physical obstacle for cars and pedestrians. These are potentially more effective for car parks, or apartment block access. However, they are also effective for houses with long driveways.
A security barrier can be used in conjunction with a keypad or a fob device. So if serval hundred people need access it is a good option to deter nuisance parking.
Implementing the Solutions
Once you have settled on a solution, it is time to put it into action.
Install your bollards, fences and barriers using a professional bollard installation service. That way you will know that they will be robust if tested.
Establishing a clear parking policy for your property will help ensure that everyone who visits knows what is expected of them. You should also assign roles and responsibilities to those in charge of monitoring parking on your property.
If you have a property management company, explain to them the problem and speak to other residents to reiterate your concerns. They should install barriers, security cameras or employ a third-party company to enforce a parking policy.
Nuisance parking can be both a frustrating experience for residents and can be a safety hazard, so it is important to take steps to stop it on your property. Remember to take action if you think you may have a problem with nuisance parking, it is unlikely to stop without action.
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